Smoke from the Chicken House Branch Fire seen Wednesday afternoon [ Bill Fauth | Contributed ]
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Chicken House Branch Fire 100 percent contained

UPDATE 3:20 P.M. — The fire is now 100 percent contained.


According to the Florida Forest Service, an active wildfire about 2 miles north of Highland View that started yesterday afternoon is now about 75 percent contained.

The forest service also provided the first estimate of the fire’s size on Thursday afternoon, with the fire’s swampy location making this difficult prior. It is estimated to have burned 57 acres at this time.

No structures are threatened at this point.

This report will be updated as information becomes available.

Meet the Editor

Wendy Weitzel, The Star’s digital editor, joined the news outlet in August 2021, as a reporter covering primarily Gulf County.

Prior to then, she interned for Oklahoma-based news wire service Gaylord News and for Oklahoma City-based online newspaper during her four years at the University of Oklahoma, from which she graduated in May with degrees in online journalism and political science.

While at OU, Weitzel was selected as Carnegie-Knight News21 Investigative Fellow among 30 top journalism students from around the country. She also was senior editor managing a 12-person newsroom in coordination with Oklahoma Watch, a non-profit news organization in eastern Oklahoma.

Wendy Weitzel The Star Digital Editor

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